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Women’s Basketball earns season opening win at Michigan-Dearborn

It took an five extra minutes to do so, but the Midway University women’s basketball team picked up their first win of the season on Wednesday, October 25, when they defeated the University of Michigan-Dearborn 78-72 in overtime.

The game came down to the final play at the end of regulation as the Eagles (1-0) trailed by three 70-67 with just a few seconds remaining.

In her first game as an Eagle, junior, Kelsee Kinder drew a foul on a 3-point attempt and stepped to the line and sank all three free throws to send the game into overtime tied at 70. Kinder was one of five players in double figures finishing with 12 points.

In the overtime period, Midway outscored the Wolverines 8-2 to walk away with the 78-72 victory. Courtney Pfister led the Eagles in overtime with three points.

The Eagles got off to a quick start as they sprinted out to a 10-3 lead to open the game. The Wolverines (0-1) answered with back-to-back triples, but Midway took a 17-9 lead into the second stanza after a trey from Haleigh Yazell and a pair of freebies from Pfister.

Back-to-back layups by Kinder and Madison Jones to open the second quarter pushed the lead to 21-11 forcing Michigan-Dearborn to call a timeout. The Wolverines hit a three as the halftime buzzer sounded to cut Midway’s lead to 30-24 at intermission.

The third quarter belonged to the home team as they outscored the Eagles 21-12 to take a 45-42 lead into the final period. Midway came out swinging to open the fourth quarter as they regained the lead.

The visitors opened the final 10 minutes on a 13-3 run behind a pair of 3’s from Patrice Tonge and another triple from Kinder. Michigan-Dearborn responded and battled back to take a 70-67 lead with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Kinder had her first three-point attempt blocked, but she grabbed her own rebound and put up another attempt that she was fouled on. She sank the first free throw and then the Wolverines tried to ice her by calling a timeout. Following the timeout, she drained both attempts to send the game into overtime as Midway walked away with the 78-72 win.

Both Patrice Tonge and Timitryi Patterson led the way with a pair of double-doubles. Tonge finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Patterson had 13 points and 10 boards. Pfister also added 13 points and Yazell added 11 to go with Kinder’s 12.

Midway shot 40.6 percent (26-64) from the floor for the game, while holding the Wolverines to 32.9 percent (24-73). Michigan-Dearborn sank 13 threes in 41 attempts and Midway attempted 19 hitting five.

The Eagles will return to the hardwood on Friday, November 3, when they host Cincinnati-Clermont as part of a women’s and men’s doubleheader. The women’s game will tip at 5:30 p.m. ET and men’s will tip at 7:30 p.m. ET inside Marshall Gymnasium.

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